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Synthesis, Characterization and Antimicrobial Activity of Abelia grandiflora Assisted AgNPs

Gaurav Sharma1, Nakuleshwar Dut Jasuja1*, Rajgovind1, Prerna Singhal1 and Suresh C Joshi2

1School of Sciences, Suresh Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

2Reproductive Toxicology Unit, Center for Advanced Studies, Department of Zoology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India

*Corresponding Author:
Nakuleshwar Dut Jasuja
Assistant Professor, School of Sciences
Suresh Gyan Vihar University
Jaipur-302017, Rajasthan, INDIA
Tel: +91-9414658277
E-mail: [email protected]

Published date: May 19, 2014; Published date: June 18, 2014; Published date: June 25, 2014

Citation: Sharma G, Jasuja ND, Rajgovind, Singhal P, Joshi SC (2014) Synthesis, Characterization and Antimicrobial Activity of Abelia grandiflora Assisted AgNPs. J Microb Biochem Technol 6:274-278. doi:10.4172/1948-5948.1000156

Copyright: © 2014 Sharma G, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited

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In past few years, wide applicability of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in various field attract for an approach of rapid, cost effective and eco-friendly synthesis of AgNPs that is expanding research toward biological methods. The biosynthesised AgNPs were confirmed visually by appearance of dark brown color formation in mixture and silver surface plasmon resonance band observed at 413 nm by using UV-Visible Spectroscopy. The micrograph obtained by SEM and TEM confirmed the formation of AgNPs of 10-30 nm range. The X-ray Diffraction affirmed the crystalline nature of particles with a face centered cubic structure. The AgNPs exhibited the antimicrobial activity against Gram negative bacteria (Gram (-) Bacteria) and Gram positive bacteria (Gram (+) Bacteria) (Escherichia coli-MTCC-443, Staphylococcus aureus-MTCC-3381, Bacillus subtilis-MTCC No.10619, Proteus vulgaris-MTCC 1771, Klebsiella pneumonia-MTCC No 7028 and Bacillus megaterium-MTCC No. 2412). A. grandiflora may be used for the green synthesis of ultra-fine nanoparticles of silver for their antimicrobial activities.


Silver nanoparticles; UV-Visible Spectroscopy; SEM; TEM; X-ray Diffraction


Metal nanoparticles (Metal-Nps) have shown copious aspect in biomedical practice as they can be deliver as high-caliber, optically sound bioimaging agents, may be applied in biosensor tool for the early detection of several maladies [1,2]. These nanosize particles have also established in vivo encouraging effect as therapeutic agents [3,4]. The studies conducted in past few year, Metal-NPs have been improved for their antimicrobial activity and may locally destroy pathogenic organisms, without being toxic to the surrounding tissue [5-8]. Previously, there have been numerous reports on the green synthesis of metal nanoparticles [9-11] and AgNPs have their own importance among all. The chemical and physical properties of AgNPs are idiosyncratic and divergent from materials with the same chemical elements due to their small particle size (<100 nm). Of course, unique characteristics of AgNPs are firmly affected by their size and shape. The great surface/volume ratio of AgNPs clusters signal that most of their atom have position on the surface, are willing to rapid response. Preparations of AgNPs have their diverse properties and uses, like magnetic and optical polarizability [12], catalysis [12], antimicrobial [13] and electrical conductivity [14]. A. grandiflora is used as folk medicine in Himalayan region, India, may has potential reducing and capping properties and may produce much effective AgNPs compared to standard antibiotics. This study revealed the green synthesis of AgNPs by A. grandiflora and antimicrobial activity against Gram (-) Bacteria and Gram (+) Bacteria. The similar work also performed by Alizadeh H et al. [15] against Intramacrophage Brucella abortus 544 [15].

Materials and Methods

Preparation of Extracts

A. grandiflora (Glossy Abelia) belongs to Family Caprifoliaceaeis, a deciduous or semi-evergreen multi-stemmed shrub with rounded, spreading, or gracefully arching branches to 1-1.8 m tall.

The plant was acquired from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur and authenticated by National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur. The shade dried root of A. grandiflora were powdered by mechanical grinder and sieved to give particle size 50-150 mm. An aqueous extract was prepared by boiling 30 gm of dried powered of A. grandiflora root in 100 ml of deionized water for 75 minutes. The extract was filtered using pal funnel with Whattman filter paper No 1 and final volume of filtrate adjusted to 100 ml was stored at cool and dry place for further use.

Synthesis of Silver AgNPs

The stable AgNPs were synthesized by adding 3 ml extract of A. grandiflora drop-wise in 1 mM aqueous solution (100 ml) of silver nitrate (AgNO3). A change in color (dark brown) of solution within few minute gave signal of reduction of silver and the whole process completed in 45 minute [16]. The colloidal brownish solutions were centrifuged at 13,500 rpm for 15 minutes to separate the AgNPs as a pellet. After the formation of AgNPs colloidal solution, the mixture was recentrifuged at 13,500 rpm for 15 minutes. The pellets of AgNPs obtained, and washed more than 3 times by distilled water then dried and stored for further use.


The Characterization of AgNPs was carried out by surface plasmon resonance band using a UV-Visible Spectroscopy 1800 of Shimadzu, Kyoto, Japan. Crystalline structure of AgNPs were analyzed by XRD- 6000 instrument of Shimadzu at 30 kV and 20 mA current with Cu Ka (I=1.54 A°). All X-ray diffraction technicalities carried out under the exploratory circumstances in the angular extent 3° ≤ 2θ ≤ 50°. Micrograph of AgNPs was obtained by scanning electron microscope of S-4500, Hitachi, Chiyoda-ku, Japan [17-19]. TEM micrograph of the AgNPs was observed using the TEM instrument of JEOL JSM 100 cx. TEM device conducted at an increasing voltage of 200 kv.

Determination of antibacterial activity of AgNPs

The AgNPs and aqueous extract prepared by A. grandiflora were used to evaluate antimicrobial activity against Gram (-) and Gram (+) Bacteria (E. Coli-MTCC-443, S. aureus-MTCC-3381, B. subtilis-MTCC No.10619, P. vulgaris-MTCC 1771, K. pneumonia-MTCC No 7028 and B. megaterium-MTCC No. 2412) on MHA plates by agar well diffusion method [20]. The Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) method and Minimal Bactericidal Concentration (MBC) for all test bacterial strains were also determined.

Results and Discussions

The AgNO3 solution and fresh extract of A. grandiflora were colorless and Yellowish-brown respectively. After addition of A. grandiflora extracts to AgNO3 solution at 'magnetic stirring plate' the solution turned dark brown at 55°C confirmed formation of AgNPs. Interestingly, nanosilver were biosynthesized promptly within 45 minute claiming, speedy bioreducing approach (Figure 1).


Figure 1: Optical Photograph of (a) AgNO3 solution, (b) A. grandiflora extract and (c) AgNPs solution.

AgNPs were ascertained by distinctive peak observed at 413 nm λ in the pilot range of 300-900 nm λ. The specific silver surface plasmon resonance band were observed at 400-450 nm λ, gave indication of smaller AgNPs formation (<30 nm) (Figure 2). The frequency and width of the surface plasmon absorption rely upon the size and shape of the AgNPs as well as on dielectric constant of the metal itself and the surrounding medium.


Figure 2: UV-Vis absorption spectra of AgNPs synthesized from A. grandiflora by reduction of silver ions to AgNPs.

X-ray diffraction is generally applied to certain chemical arrangement and crystal design of an objective; can be used for exposing the presence of AgNPs. The XRD patterns of resulted mixture gave signal that structure of AgNPs is face-centered cubic (fcc) and the AgNPs had a similar diffraction pattern. The X-ray Diffraction peaks observed in 2θ range of 30-80° and indexed to 111, 220 and 311 which confirms standard JCPDS file 04-0783 of silver are responsible for micrograph of the silver crystals (Figure 3).


Figure 3: X-ray Diffraction Graph of AgNPs biosynthesized by A. grandiflora extract.

The structural characteristic of biosynthesised AgNPs were studied by scanning electron microscope, using an instrument of Hitachi S-4500. The average size of AgNPs observed from 10-30 nm with inter-particle distance and the shape was found to be spherical. The aggregation of the nanoparticles indicates that they were in the direct contact, but stabilized by a capping agent (Figure 4A). In agreement with the UV-Visible Spectroscopic observations, the TEM images revealed Ag-nanocrystals were spherical in shape and in the range of 10-30 nm with considerable agglomeration (Figure 4B).


Figure 4: (A) The Scanning Electron Microscope images of AgNPs synthesized by A. grandiflora extract (B) TEM image of the AgNPs biosynthesized by A. grandiflora.

Antimicrobial Activity of Ag Nanoparticles

A turbid liquid sample of each bacterial strain with an OD of McFarland of 0.5 (1×108 CFU/mL) was prepared in an isotonic NaCl (0.85%) solution. Furthermore, this solution was diluted ten times (1×107 CFU/mL) and used as inoculums. The agar well were filled with assorted concentration of AgNPs solution like 0.0025 mmol/mL, 0.005 mmol/mL, 0.01 mmol/mL and 0.02 mmol/mL and Gentamicin procured by Hi-Media, Mumbai, was used as control. The zone of inhibition (ZOI) observed at the surrounding area of 'AgNPs solution filled agar well' after incubation at 37°C for 24 hours. The experiments were done triplicate and mean values of ZOI were reported [21].

The test microorganisms were found to be resistant for the aqueous extract of A. grandiflora but results indicated that AgNPs have strong dose-dependent action against both gram negative and gram positive microorganisms. All these microorganisms were found susceptible against the nanoparticles as growth of these microbes decreased with the increase in concentration of AgNPs (Figure 5).


Figure 5: Zone of inhibition produced by Silver nanoparticles against both Gram-(+) and Gram-(-) bacterial strains.

The antibacterial effect of AgNPs against all six bacteria compared with the control, the diameters of ZOI (mm) vary for all the test bacteria at different concentration level of AgNPs. It was revealed that 0.02 mmol/mL colloid solution of AgNPs showed 27 mm clear inhibitory zone against E. Coli after incubation for 24 h followed by B. megaterium (26 mm), then 24 mm for B. subtilis and S. aureus, minimum for K. pneumonia and P. vulgaris (23 mm) proposing that biosynthesized AgNPs have valuable antibacterial effect against Gram (+) than Gram (-) Bacteria (Table 1). The AgNPs showed remarkable antibacterial activities compared to other metal oxide nanoparticles like ZnO nanoparticles. The AgNPs synthesized in present work showed significant antimicrobial activity (i.e. +15 mm and +18 mm) as compared to earlier studies on ZnO nanoparticles which were 24 mm and 27 mm against B. subtilis and E. coli [22].

Silver nanoparticle
Concentration (mmol/mL)
Bacterial Sp (zone of inhibition mm)
B. subtilis S. aureus  B. megaterium E. Coli K. pneumoniae P. vulgaris
0.0025 11 14 13 13 12 11
0.005 16 18 18 17 15 15
0.01 21 23 22 22 19 20
0.02 24 27 26 27 23 23
Control 18 20 19 22 20 21

Table 1: Antibacterial activity of Ag nanoparticles synthesized by extract of A. grandiflora.

The approaches of the growth-restrictive activities of AgNPs on microorganisms have not been clearly interpreted. One possibility of growth-restriction, may be chance of the generation of free radicals by AgNPs positioned at surface which may have been thrashed lipid membrane followed by destruction of microorganisms [23]. Few studies have explained that the (+) charge on the Ag ion is crucial for its antibacterial effects through the electrostatic bondage among (-) charged cell membrane of pathogenic organism and (+) charged nanoparticles [24-26]. In contrast, Sondi and Salopek-Sondi [27] suggested that the antibacterial effects of AgNPs on Gram (-) Bacteria was depend on the concentration of AgNPs, and closely related with the development of 'pits' on cell wall of bacteria. Further, these metallic nanosize particles may attached or gathered on the surface of bacterial cell membrane disturb permeability and respiration which may cause cell cessation.

Moreover, silver nanoparticles may have multiple cellular targets that differ among all gram positive and gram negative bacterial cells which cover both (+) charged Ag ions and (-) charged other metallic ions [28].

Minimum Inhibitory Concentration and Minimal Bactericidal Concentration

The test tubes filled with 4 ml of Nutrient Broth were prepared for bacterial culture, inoculated by loop-full of active cultures (5×105 CFU/mL Conc.). Serial two-fold dilutions method was used to prepare different concentrations of AgNPs solution i.e. 100, 50, 25, 12.5, 6.25, 3.12, 1.56 and 0.78 μg/mL followed by incubation for one day. The growth of bacterial culture was determined by observing OD on UV-Visible-1800 Spectroscopy (Shimadzu) at 600 nm after 24 h that represented the Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC). All the experiments were carried out triplicate and identical course was applied to drive the MIC of the following controls: extract of A. grandiflora, Silver Nitrate solution, and standard antibiotics i.e. Gentamicin. Different concentrations i.e. 100 to 0.78 μg/mL for Silver Nitrate solution; 800 to 0.78 μg/mL for extract of A. grandiflora and 50 to 0.39 μg/mL for antibiotics have been used for MIC. Sterilized nutrient broth was used as the (-) control and inoculated broth was used as the (+) control.

The MIC of AgNPs (MIC-AgNPs) against Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria are shown in Figure 6. The antimicrobial proficiency of the AgNPs represented by their MIC was 12.5 μg/mL for the S. aureus, and 3.12 μg/mL for the E. Coli. The MIC-AgNPs were comparatively less than that of the standard antibiotic, Gentamicin. Moreover, MIC-AgNPs were also significantly lower than solution of AgNO3 for all test bacteria. Such impressive effect of AgNPs may be due to interplay with the thiol group of L-cysteine protein residues that may force to enzymatic dysfunction [29] or the AgNPs may have galvanize the release of reactive oxygen species, which lead to destruction of DNA and protein of microorganism [30]. Furthermore, it is found that AgNPs have higher antibacterial activities (Comparatively higher MIC against Gram(+) bacteria) against Gram(-) bacteria may be due to the absence of thick layer of peptidoglycan in cell wall of Gram (-) bacteria [31,32].


Figure 6: MIC and MBC Values of Nanosilver synthesized using extract of A. grandiflora.

The minimal concentration of AgNPs that kills ≥ 99.9% (3 log) of the bacteria (MBC) against Gram (-) Bacteria and Gram (+) Bacteria are shown in Figure 6. Here, the AgNPs have shown the similar pattern of minimal bactericidal concentration against all test bacteria as seen in MIC, were 25 μg/mL and 3.12 μg/mL for S. aureus and E. Coli, respectively. These concentrations represented the maximum and minimum MBC among all test Bacteria, are considerably lower than AgNO3 solution. The standard antibiotic, Gentamicin illustrated nearly similar value of MBC.


It is revealed that A. grandiflora is a curiously effective reductant for Silver ions. This is a one pot reaction method, generating 10-30 nm size nanoparticles. The synthesis of AgNPs occurred within 45 minutes, without involvement of any toxic chemicals. It is acclaimed that Silver ions and Silver-based compounds have potent antimicrobial activity. Present study confers with the study of Azam et al. [33] revealed that antibacterial activities of AgNPs were significantly high as compared to silver nitrate and standard antibiotic may be due to their increased surface area. Therefore, these AgNPs can be used in low doses for antimicrobial treatment in comparison to standard antimicrobial agents.


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